D'Amato completes basic training

Army Pfc. Richard V. D'Amato has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.

D'Amato is the son of Michael D'Amato of Kirkland. He is a 2005 graduate of Hiawatha High School and earned an associate degree in 2009 from Rock Valley College in Rockford.